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Lady Bears sweep Longhorns in women's basketball

Feb. 15, 2001

Baylor fends off late run to upset No. 18 Texas 80-75 in Austin


Sports writer

What a season it's been for first-year Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey and her Lady Bear basketball team. After finishing at the bottom of the pack last season in the Big 12 Conference, Baylor gave the University of Texas its biggest margin of defeat earlier this year, winning by 22 points in Waco.

Wednesday night, Mulkey and her crew once again were determined to do the unthinkable.

After a 22-game loosing streak against the Lady Longhorns in Austin, Baylor set out to defeat Texas for the first time since 1975, the first year the two teams met.

Mission accomplished.

Freshman guard Chanelle Fox led the way for the Lady Bears with 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals as the Lady Bears topped No. 18 Texas 80-75 at the Frank Erwin Center.

'It always feels good to beat Texas,' Fox said.

Fox's two free throws, with six seconds to play, sealed the win for Baylor, who improved to 17-6 overall and 6-6 in Big 12 play.

'I knew I had to nail those free throws so we would have a stable win and it would not go down to the wire,' she said.

Baylor and Texas kept even in the first half, with Texas gaining its largest lead of only six with 7:45 left. Baylor cut the margin down to one point, at 36-35 until Texas freshman guard Kaira White nailed a three-pointer with one second to go.

White was a spark for Texas in the first half, coming off the bench to score 10 points in only nine minutes for the Lady Longhorns. She finished the game with 22.

'White had a good night off the bench. I think a lot of their bench players played really well,' Mulkey said.

With Texas up by six early in the second half, Baylor went on a 10-3 run, giving the Lady Bears their first lead of the half at 50-49 with 12:43 left in the game.

With Baylor down by two with 6:58 to go, starting post Monica Arnold fouled out, leaving the Lady Bears without their top rebounder and second leading scorer at the time.

Texas held a slight lead toward the end of the game until forward Danielle Crockrom nailed two free throws, giving Baylor a one-point lead.

After finally taking the lead, the Lady Bears refused to give it back.

Baylor had a chance to seal the win by taking a six-point lead with 26 seconds left with Nicole Collins at the line shooting two. But Collins missed both of her shots, and White once again drained a three-pointer with 15 seconds to go.

Luckily for Baylor, that was the last time Texas would score.

'I'm so proud of my basketball team,' Mulkey said. 'We had five kids score in double figures. I thought our basketball team showed a lot of maturity tonight.'

The Lady Longhorns fall to 18-8 on the season and 6-6 in the conference.

While Baylor has a few days to savor the win, they return to action this Saturday at home against Missouri. The game is set for 3 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports-Southwest.

'I hope we can fill that Ferrell Center. Missouri is in this race too,' Mulkey said. 'We need to really get some fans out there and our kids need to enjoy this victory but get ready for a really good Missouri team.'